On 22 April South Africa will hold its third parliamentary elections and will have a new president. It may be the country’s last chance to stop the erosion of democracy through parliamentary means

Every year in December and January — the summer holidays — South Africa practically comes to a standstill. The small but growing middle class head for the country’s glorious beaches; poorer people join the exodus from the cities to visit family in the rural areas.

This year, as people returned from holiday, they were greeted outside cities with a huge billboard filled with the massive smiling face of Jacob Zuma. Zuma is a man who tells different factions what they want to hear, but whose real positions are still unclear...

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In the aftermath of the ANC's decision to recall former president Thabo Mbeki, one of the most serious warnings were sounded by his brother, Moeletsi, on the front page of the Sunday Times, namely that the ANC is exposing South Africa to the risk of civil war. Little media attention was paid to this warning from one of SA's best political analysts, and it is certainly worth pondering.

At the risk of generalizing too much, it is striking that a lot of the political analysis since Thabo Mbeki...

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Emigration in South Africa is a thorny issue, and not, up to recently, very well researched. It’s thorny because of what different political players can make of it.

If one grants that the majority of emigrants since apartheid officially ended in 1994 have been white, it’s all too easy for members of the black political elite to accuse these fellow South Africans of being racists refusing to live under a black government – not an altogether unwarranted accusation.

If a...

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Recent violence between the poor and the poorer in South Africa was the by-product of the country’s stagnation – it has achieved what it set out to do racially, but not economically or socially. The old colonial model of modernity is still the basis for power.

The image of an unknown young black man being burned alive in a South African township street defined the recent xenophobic violence, mostly by black South Africans against black foreigners, many of them refugees from...

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In hierdie artikel word die verskillende begrippe van vryheid wat sedert die Nederlandse vestiging aan die Kaap onder veral Afrikaners, en in mindere mate in die Suid-Afrikaanse politiek, voorgekom het, ondersoek met verwysing na die drie tegniese milieus of mediasfere waarin Afrikaners hulle tot dusver bevind het. Na ’n baie kort oorsig oor aspekte van die denke van Bernard Stiegler en Régis Debray se filosofie van die tegniek, word hierdie aspekte toegepas op veral Afrikaners, en...

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